John Kline is Professor of International Business Diplomacy at Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service. His teaching focuses on international business-government relations, international investment strategies and negotiations, and international business ethics.
Kline is the author of the textbook, Ethics for International Business: Decision-Making in a Global Political Economy. Prior to joining the Georgetown faculty, Kline was Director of International Economic Policy at the National Association of Manufacturers. He received his doctorate in Political Science from The George Washington University and holds a masters degree from The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).
Kline serves as a consultant to various international organizations and private multinational corporations. Recent projects include a comparative analysis for UNCTAD on foreign investment policy promoting small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Malaysia and Singapore, and on electricity infrastructure in Chile and New Zealand. Currently he is testing in several African countries a method governments can use to evaluate foreign direct investment proposals on sustainable economic, environmental, social and governance criteria. Kline is also author of Foreign Investment Strategies in Restructuring Economies and International Codes and Multinational Business: Setting Guidelines for International Business Operations.
What is international business ethics in a globalized economy that spans different national political systems, disparate socio-economic conditions and diverse historical, cultural and religious traditions? Although many values are considered relative, international firms are increasingly expected to adhere to international norms. As Chinese enterprises expand their international investments in line with the “Go Global